Award-winning garden centre and farm shop Garsons of Esher is delighted to announce that their charity of the year for 2017 is Fabian's Childhood Cancer Trust.
This very special organisation was set up in memory of local schoolboy, Fabian Bate, who sadly passed away from leukaemia at the age of 12.
A keen gardener throughout his short life, Fabian liked nothing more than visiting Garsons, where he particularly enjoyed spending time in their pick-your-own fields.
“We would like to say a huge thank you to Garsons for the wonderful privilege of being their charity of the year,” says Fabian’s mum, Lydia, who founded the organisation with her father. “Fabian would be so proud as Garsons was very close to his heart. We have very special memories of his last summer and Fabian picking his own fruit and veg at Garsons. He absolutely loved being there.
“His favourite pastime was being amongst growing things. He had his own vegetable plot and was fanatical about growing, amongst other things, herbs. Growing things gave Fabian such joy. Even his name means ‘bean grower’.”
At Fabian’s Childhood Cancer Trust, they offer support for families who have a child diagnosed with cancer. One example is by providing ‘treat bags’ for parents staying on the wards of the children’s cancer unit at the Royal Marsden Hospital. They are also raising vital funds for research into relapsed childhood leukaemia, and have supplied much needed centrifuge testing equipment to help with this research.
“This is a truly wonderful charity making a real difference for local families,” says director of Garsons, Ben Thompson. “We were delighted to appoint them on what would have been young Fabian's birthday. We're proud to be fund-raising for such a fantastic local charity."
The family-run business, which has been at the heart of the community for almost 150 years, supports a different charity every year.
For more information on Fabian’s Childhood Cancer Trust, visit their website at http://www.fabianstrust.org.uk/